Adam McMullan and Ben Reynolds aiming for Irish spot
University of Ulster's Adam McMullan and North Down's Ben Reynolds are two athletes competing in this weekend's Northern Ireland and Ulster Senior Championships at the Mary Peters Track who have their eyes firmly set on European selection this month.
Bar injury, they should be picked for the Irish team which will be competing in the European Team Championships in Crete in three weeks' time.
Long jumper McMullan recently recorded an outdoor personal best of 7.77 metres which adds to his indoor PB of 7.80 metres in February.
Former World Indoor hurdles semi-finalist Reynolds ran his fastest time in a year (13.79 seconds) in Belgium last week.
Commonwealth Games athlete Katie Kirk has entered the 400 metres where she finished second last year. Also lining up is Games compatriot Christine McMahon of Ballymena. McMahon is also down for the 400 metres hurdles, her specialist event.
In the Men's 1,500 metres, defending champion Danny Mooney will race against Willowfield's Andrew Wright who set a PB over the distance recently. Wright is aiming for a qualification mark for the Euro U23 Championships in Tallinn.
There are several athletes who will be aiming for a successful defence of their titles.
North Down's Adam McComb has recorded 48.22 seconds in the 400 metres this season and should again edge out team-mate Andrew Mellon. Finn Valley's Mark Hoey's recent sub one minute 50 seconds time over 800 metres could also get the better of North Down's Michael Dyer.
Lisburn AC's talented schoolgirl Roseanne McGuigan should repeat last year's 200 metres victory and, in the hammer, another win is on the cards for Ballymena's Robert Moffett.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland's current top sprinter, Leon Reid, will be hoping to get close to the NI 200 metres record of 20.54 seconds this weekend in the big EAP meeting in Geneva. The Commonwealth Games Birchfield Harrier has already ran 20.67 seconds this season plus a PB of 10.34 in the 100 metres.
Also racing will be Irish No 1 Amy Foster, who ran 11.41 seconds in Florida last month.
She will be in an Irish relay squad which will be attempting to gain a World top 16 time which would earn qualification for the World Championship in Beijing this summer. The finals get under way at 12.00pm.